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How are hard stools and abdominal pain overcome ?

Pain under left lower ribcage and sometimes i have flat stools along with a constant bitterr taste in my mouth . No blood in stool and no pain when going to the bathroom. I am 42 yrs old, sypmtoms have been around for 4 months and my doctor said to just change my diet . im not sure what the problem is?
Asked On : Mon, 26 Mar 2012
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Jun 2015
Hello dear,

The symptoms as mentioned in your post suggest that you might be having gastritis associated with chronic constipation.
Though symptomatic relief can be obtained with intake of antacid preparation, the underlying cause needs to be treated.

Regarding the problem of constipation, the causes can be many, such as:
The causes of constipation can be:
1. Any pathology/ sub acute obstruction in the Gastrointestinal tract
2. Irritable bowel syndrome- constipation predominant type.
3. Functional cause- due to decreased gastric motility
4. Inadequate intake of fluids and fiber rich diet- as suspected by your doctor
5. Hormonal & Metabolic causes, etc.

So, kindly consult a Gastroenterologist & get a proper physical examination done.
Investigations like complete blood count, Ultrasound scan of abdomen, Endoscopy & contrast studies will be helpful to rule out any pathological cause for your symptoms.

There is no need to worry, you will be fine.
Till then, maintain adequate hydration & proper nutrition status.

Wishing a good health.
Take care.
Answered: Thu, 25 Jul 2013
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